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Key topics to predict conflict: information and civil war

What do newspapers’ headlines say right before the outburst of a war? What are the words that define a conflict? Hannes Mueller, researcher at the Institute for Economic Analysis (CSIC) in Barcelona, and Christopher Rauh, currently at Cambridge University, strive to respond to these questions with a new project to predict conflict. They have developed an algorithm that compiles information from the most important newspapers and evaluates which topics become recurrent right before a conflict or a civil war begins.

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Débora Zurro: “The protagonist of history is Gladiator, and not Danny DeVito”

Studies in archaeology have usually considered hunter-gatherer societies as the paradigm of equalitarian societies versus other social systems. Specifically, researchers have regarded hunter-gatherer as egalitarian in comparison to the new social systems that develop along with agriculture. Débora Zurro, archaeologist at the Institución Milà i Fontanals, takes up this idea and questions the knowledge produced in the field about these hunter-gatherer communities.

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Sustainable stockbreeding requires livestock with a steady body size

An archaeological research project is analysing livestock’s size from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity (8th c. BC - 9th c. AD) through the comparative analysis of three geographical areas in South-Western Europe. The study provides ideas for a more sustainable stockbreeding today.

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Débora Zurro, archaeologist: “The stories told so far about humanity are not about humankind”

Débora Zurro is an archaeologist and researcher at the Institución Milà i Fontanals of the  CSIC (IMF-CSIC). Her research is focused on vegetable remains obtained from archaeological sites, a sub-specialization within archaeology known as archaeobotany.

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Campanillas. Historia de una familia botánica escrita en el ADN

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El conocimiento de los patrones de distribución de la flora y su historia evolutiva constituye uno de los frentes de la investigación botánica actual. Combinando los estudios biogeográficos con los datos moleculares, los investigadores del Instituto Botánico de Barcelona (CSIC-ICUB) han reconstruido la historia de las "campanillas", contribuyendo a un mayor conocimiento de la biodiversidad.

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